I've been on this site for some time now, and need the help of all of the LTC nurses that I've seen on this forum. (I'm a pediatric/perinatal nurse, so I am at a loss here.) My boyfriend's mom is 91 years old and in a nursing home. She's alert, spends most of her time moving around in a wheelchair, as she is unsteady on her legs. She is very small and thin. She doesn't really write much anymore. Her big problem is just being hard of hearing. Anyway, we live several states away, and want to bring her something that she can use when we visit soon, without cluttering up the small living area that she has. She seems to ahve enough clothes at this point.
My question to the LTC nurses is...what are some good gifts for residents? Maybe something that you've thought "Gosh, I wish the family would give these to the resident." We hate to go empty handed, especially if there is something that she needs. Of course, she tells us she needs nothing, but is grateful for whatever we happen to bring.
Thanks much in advance!